Pre-Conference Research Institute

Pre-Conference Research Institute

This year’s AOSW Pre-Conference Research Institute has two main objectives:
  1. To enhance our OSW capacity for conducting patient-centered research and using our research to enhance the quality of cancer care. 
  2. To establish a structure and function for an oncology social work collaborative research group.
All AOSW members interested or involved in social work research, whether or not you will be part of the PCRC, are encouraged to attend and participate in the Research Institute on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.  Ideas and perspectives of all members of the “OSW research community,” including practitioners, students and researchers, are needed to shape the research agenda for oncology social work. 

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 7:30 - 3:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                                       
AOSW Pre-Conference Research Institute Opening Address –  Translating Psychosocial Oncology Research Into Practice: Progress and Challenges
Paul Jacobsen, PhD

Associate Director, NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Healthcare Delivery Research Program
National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                                    
Pre-Conference Research Institute Panelist Presentation*
  • Commission on Cancer Patient-Centered Standards of Care: Opportunities for Social Work Research, Susan Hedlund, LCSW, OSW-C
  • Patient-Centered Research: What is It?, Carly Parry, PhD, MSW
  • Social Work and Collaborative Research, Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                                  
Pre-Conference Research Institute: Setting Priorities for Oncology Social Work Research* - Part I
Prioritizing Oncology Social Work Research: A brainstorming session in which participants will identify compelling and clinically meaningful issues for patient-centered outcomes research, ones that arise frequently in practice, and for which genuine clinical uncertainty exists.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.                                    
Pre-Conference Research Institute Lunch* (provided)

Networking opportunity TBA

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                                      
Pre-Conference Research Institute: Setting Priorities for Oncology Social Work Research* - Part II
Planning for Oncology Social Work Research: An exercise in which participants will identify and rank order their needs for engaging in research. Results from the afternoon sessions will inform the development of oncology social work research topics for training and grant writing over the next 12 months. 
3:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 PCRC planning (PCRC participants only)*


*not eligible for CEU
Julianne Oktay, MSW, PhD
AOSW Research Director
Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland
AOSW Pre-Conference Research Institute Chair 
Brad Zebrack, PhD, MSW, MPH 
Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan 
AOSW Pre-Conference Research Institute Co-Chair